Morocco is the ideal starting point for your tour of Africa. It just a hop, skip and a jump from Europe and the stimulating culture will leave you wanting more of what it has to offer. It is a hectic country with friendly people and sights and sounds that you have never seen before. Morocco is a country where history comes to life before your eyes. Visit the open-air markets where there are rugs of all kinds and the leather here is said to be the softest in the world. This country's politics are some of the most liberal on the continent when it comes to social policy and women's rights.

Attractions

A highlight of a tour of Morocco is the trail from Tacheddirt to Intel, located above the High Atlas snow line. You can go white water rafting or even take in some surf fishing. Visit the ancient capital of Fes, with its 9400 streets and alleys or watch the artists dyeing the carpets in Marrakesh.

Rabat

This is the capital of Morocco and is a city of trees and flowers. There are several monumental gateways, such as the Gate of the Ambassadors. Take a tour of a 12th century mosque at Tour Hassan and marvel at the architecture of the Mohammed V Mausoleum. There are Roman ruins and gardens at the Chellah and a visit to the National Museum of Handicrafts is a must on any itinerary. There are battlements surrounding this city, which date back to the 12th century and just across the river you can visit the city of Sale, which dates back to the 11th century.

Tangiers

Street signs in three languages is one of the ways you will know that Tangiers is an industrial city. There are many outdoor markets and attractions in this city. You can visit such places as the Mendoubia Gardens, several mosques and the Forbes Museum.

Travel to Morocco

There are frequent flights arriving at Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Rabat-Sale and Tangiers from European and North American cities. Cruise lines stop at the seaports and there are car/passenger ferries from France and Spain.

Travel Within Morocco

There are domestic flights between all the airports in the country. You can also rent a car in one of the cities and get around on your own. Rail travel throughout Morocco provides first-class means of transportation as well. There are taxis within the major cities as well as buses that travel to different parts of the country.

Language

The official language is Arabic, but most of the people speak Berber. French and Spanish are spoken in sections of the country and English is largely understood.

Safety

Due to recent terrorist attacks in this country, tourists are advised to contact their embassy before they travel to this country. In the large cities, pickpockets are on the increase and it is advisable to avoid large crowded areas.

Visa

You do not need a travel Visa to enter Morocco, but you do need a passport valid for six months from the date of entry.

Food and Drink

The cuisine of Morocco is usually elaborate, consisting of three course meals. Some of the Moroccan specialties that you might like to try include pastilla "pigeon meat covered in layers and layers of flaky dough, tajine" a stew made from marinated chicken or lamb, or djaja mahamara, which is chicken stuffed with almonds, semolina and raisins. Mint tea is the specialty drink and coffee is very strong. There are also good local wines and beers.

Shopping

Souks, or outdoor markets, offer a wide selection of Moroccan specialties. Visit the markets where the rugs are piled high. Woodwork and jewelery are popular items, but the leather here is said to be the softest in the world. It is essential that you bargain when you visit these markets.

Entertainment

There are many bars, nightclubs and discos in the larger towns and in all the cities. Belly dancing is popular at some of these. There are tourist resorts throughout the country and casinos, as well. Traditional Moroccan folk dancing takes place in all the places that you visit.

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